Good morning! Thank you all for the birthday wishes… really, I felt so much love all day yesterday from family, blog friends, reader friends, traveling friends, school friends, work friends… you get the idea. This birthday was a little different from those past, but I really couldn’t have asked for a better one.

I may have had to be up for class at 8 yesterday, but I made a special breakfast I’ve been meaning to try for a while: Katie’s Pumpkin Boatmeal for One. Sorry for the uncomely picture… the sun wasn’t yet up when I took it!

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I added dried cherries and cashew butter at the end, but otherwise followed the recipe to a T. It was a really great change from my usual breakfasts, and I loved the consistency! It really was like a cake, and quite filling.

The rest of the day was a total blur… do you ever have those days when you’re constantly moving and it feels like time both stretches and shrinks?


That’s what it was like, and here’s how it went: Bio recitation–> bio lab –> home —> 3.5 mile run —> quick shower then out the door! —> pick up lunch at Chop’t (Vegetarian Powerhouse, please!) —> doctor’s appointment #1 —> doctor’s appointment #2 —> home at 4 and finally ate lunch (do not go 9 hours without food, friends!) —> NAP.

I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately and the gogogo! day just wiped me out. When I woke up, my mom put together a delicious birthday dinner: fettuccine with fried sage. She makes the sauce by sautéeing fresh sage in butter and olive oil and tossing it with cooked pasta. Try it!

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MVP also made my favorite chocolate cake, a recipe from Joy of Cooking.

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This has been my “birthday cake” for years and years, and the secret is in the frosting. It’s got a little coffee in it, and she swaps brown sugar for regular. The first time I tried this cake I was about four and I kept scooping fingerfuls of icing, thinking no one would notice. By the time we were ready to eat the cake one of the sides was almost bare!

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Speaking of cake, I picked up my Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift and it’s a mini bottle of cake-scented Philosophy shampoo/ body wash/ bubble bath. If you shop at Sephora and aren’t yet an Insider, get on it! You get more free samples and deals, and they always remember your birthday :-) .

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By now you’re probably sick of hearing about my birthday, but I couldn’t let our meal at Telepan on Sunday night go undocumented. My little redheaded friend went here for Restaurant Week a couple years ago and raved about it, and I’d been dying to go ever since. It’s a restaurant that uses local and organic produce, and the menu changes seasonally.

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We shared oysters with roasted tomato and mint:


And calamari “pasta”with arugula pesto and cherry tomatoes.


My dad ordered the wild striped bass with “clam chowder” and smoked bacon… he liked it so much he forgot to offer my mom a bite!


My mom had the heritage pork with baked beans, housemade apple sausage, collard greens and honey mustard. She mmm!ed through the whole meal.


I zeroed in on what I wanted immediately: roasted delicata squash, sweet potato panna cotta, spaghetti squash almondine, and spinach. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it was delicious! I’d never have thought to mix up spaghetti squash with almonds and herbs (and a lot of butter!) but it was fabulous.


For dessert, we shared the hot apple pie with apple butter cream, caramel sauce, cinnamon & caramel ice cream terrine. Our server wasn’t so helpful about suggesting a dessert, but this was perfect! Apple butter cream? Y-e-e-e-s!


They gave us teensy macaroons on the way out, and I enjoyed one when I got home. It helped with my Statistics studying!


It was a wonderful- and unusual!- meal spent with my two favorite parents.

What did you- are you- doing for your birthday this year?

20 comments to Telepan

  • Happy belated birthday! Glad you had a good day. I didn’t know Sephora gave out gifts for birthdays! So awesome. The worst (and only) bad part about the beauty insider thang is when they read the number of points I have out loud. I’m always super shocked at how much I actually spend there!! Being a points hoarder doesn’t help my case, haha.

    I have no idea what I’m going to do for my birthday! It’s coming up though- 2 days less than a month! YAY.

  • What a busyyyyyyyyy day! Glad the end was so sweet! fried sage in pasta sounds amazing. And the cake is just gorgeous. Fabulous :) My birthday was pretty low key this year because it was a month after Kaylin was born! We went to Mexican for dinner (my fav :) )

  • Looks like a delicious birthday!! I’ve been eating the same chocolate sheet cake for my birthday ever since I was little too…you just can’t mess with a good classic :-)

  • Ooh happy late birthday!!!

    I ate a ton of chocolate mousse pie for my birthday this year. That was the highlight :) .

  • Incredibly delicious birthday! I wish we had a Chopped here. It always looks awesome!

  • telepan looks DELIGHTFUL – especially your vegetarian dish! looks as if you had a lovely birthday. and i would like some sage-butter pasta. yum.

  • gahhh telepan is on my total restaurant bucket list.

    speaaaaaaaaking of list you should probably start a TJS one!!!!

  • That cake looks DIVINE. And I love love love Chop’t- that’s my daily lunch!

  • Your birthday cake looks delicious!!

  • Sounds like a great day!
    My birthday isn’t until December, so I don’t know how I’ll celebrate yet…but I hope it’s a good one. It’s my “golden birthday” (i.e., I’m turning 24 on the 24th).

  • avery

    My family has a very similar birthday cake tradition! We call it “Gallison chocolate cake” and the secret is also in the frosting. My mom mixes in coffee and peanut butter. O.M.G. The cake she makes is also rediculously perfect, soft, moist and light. I have no idea how she does it! I also have an Oct birthday and a twin sister to share it with! : ) We are planning on going to my parents house for dinner which will obviously include Gallison chocolate cake at the end. : ) Oh, and I’m also treating myself to a whole week off of work! I have only taken off one day of work all year, and I have to use a bunch up or lose it. No better week than birthday week!

    Happy Birthday, Katie!

  • Glad you had a wonderful birthday. All the best to you for the coming year!:)

  • Happy Birthday!!!
    Mine was a couple of weeks ago, the husband took me out for dinner, it was a much needed date night :)

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